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Collection Number: 01918

Collection Title: William Kirtland Douglas Papers, 1775-1898

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Native of Connecticut, Episcopal minister in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and educator. Personal and family papers of Douglas and of his wife, Sarah (Tucker) Douglas, of Natchez, Miss., before and after their marriage in 1857. Correspondents were members of both families, scattered over a wide geographical range, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Illinois, and attending several schools and colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the 1840s and the College of William and Mary in the 1850s. There are papers relating to the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Louisiana, Tennessee, and especially in Dry Grove, Hinds County, Miss., where Douglas served as minister, 1871-1881, operated the Bishop Green Training School and Associate Mission, and edited the diocesan monthly. Correspondents include Bishop William Mercer Green, Oscar Kibbe, Leonidas Polk, and David Ker. Volumes include pocket diaries, 1855 and 1857, of Douglas in Connecticut and Waterproof, La., respectively; an album about student life at the University of Mississippi, circa 1860; and notes made on ocean crossings to and from Europe in 1897, including comments on the weather, social activities, and fellow passengers.
Creator Douglas, William Kirtland, 1830-1898.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Kirtland Douglas Papers, #1918, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired 1951
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William Kirtland Douglas was born in New Haven, Conn. in 1830. Ordained in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut in 1853, Douglas moved to Waterproof, La. in 1856. He had parishes in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and from 1870-1881 he ran a training school for boys in Dry Grove, Miss. in addition to his pastoral work.

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Personal and family papers of Douglas and of his wife, Sarah (Tucker) Douglas, of Natchez, Miss., before and after their marriage in 1857. Correspondents were members of both families, scattered over a wide geographical range, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Illinois, and attending several schools and colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the 1840s and the College of William and Mary in the 1850s. There are papers relating to the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Louisiana, Tennessee, and especially in Dry Grove, Hinds County, Miss., where Douglas served as minister, 1871-1881, operated the Bishop Green Training School and Associate Mission, and edited the diocesan monthly. Correspondents include Bishop William Mercer Green, Oscar Kibbe, Leonidas Polk, and David Ker. Volumes include pocket diaries, 1855 and 1857, of Douglas in Connecticut and Waterproof, La., respectively; an album about student life at the University of Mississippi, circa 1860; and notes made on ocean crossings to and from Europe in 1897, including comments on the weather, social activities, and fellow passengers.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1775, 1831, 1845-1849 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 1

Reel 1

1837-1859 and undated #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Reel 1

Microfilm only. Correspondence between members of the Douglas and Tucker families.

Folder 2

1850-1851 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1852-1854 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1855-1857 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1858-1859 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1860-1869 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1870-1872 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1873-1874 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1875-1876 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1877-1880 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1881-1884 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1885-1894, 1898 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Undated letters #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Undated letters #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Undated letter fragments #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated miscellaneous papers #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 1: William K. Douglas pocket diary, 1855 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 17

Contains brief notations regarding services held, weather conditions, cash accounts, calls made, and other miscellaneous topics.

Folder 18

Volume 2: William K. Douglas pocket diary, 1857 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 18

Contains brief notes about services, calls, letters, and personal activities.

Folder 19

Volume 3: University of Mississippi album, circa 1860 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 19

Contains photographs of campus buildings, professors, and students, including Oscar Kibbe and Paschal Tucker. The front flyleaf bears the inscriptions " 'All Civil War Soldiers' of the South-land" and "Miss Henrietta Kibbe's book--1862."

Folder 20

Volume 4: William K. Douglas travel journal, 1897 #01918, Series: "Papers, 1775-1898 and undated." Folder 20

Contains notes made while crossing the ocean to and from Europe. Notes deal with weather conditions, social activities, and comments on other passengers.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, February 2010

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